Roman Mars and 99% Invisible remember a time when the Soviet Union was a world player, but not in design. We hear about their impassioned effort to recreate designs and manufacture goods- just like the rest of the world.
Allen Dorough was cleaning out a barn near Birmingham, Ala., when he found 10 metal boxes full floor illustrations by Wallace A. Rayfield, a black man and architect in the early 1900s who had died in obscurity. Dorough talks to host Dick Gordon about Rayfield’s legacy, including the 16th Street Baptist Church of Birmingham.
Diane Crump was the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby. It used to be illegal for a woman to be a jockey. Even after the law changed, male jockeys would boycott any woman who tried. Also in this episode, a check-in with Jeremy Lee.
When Craig James started collecting 19th century photographs of African Americans who had once been enslaved, he had no idea he'd find a preserved image of his own ancestor, his great-great-great grandmother Nursey James. Also on the show: a woman's decision to freeze her eggs.